LOCKPORT - Niagara County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III announced Wednesday he will run for another term - really, less than half a term - on the bench.
Murphy, 65, said if he wins this November, he will be able to serve only four years of the 10-year term before he reaches New York State's mandatory judicial retirement age of 70. In that case, a full 10-year term will be on the ballot again in the election of November 2021.
Murphy, a Democrat, was Niagara County district attorney for 16 years before being elected county judge without opposition in 2007. He was recently appointed a supervising judge for criminal cases in Niagara and Orleans counties.
Murphy also serves as a part-time State Supreme Court justice, handling part of the county's civil litigation calendar. He presides one afternoon per week over Integrated Domestic Violence Court and spends part of another day in Surrogate's Court, handling cases involving wills and estates. He also handles the county's pistol permit hearings.
"The voters of Niagara County have honored me by selecting me five times in countywide elections. Each election has been both exhilarating and humbling. With all the respect and gratitude I can summon, I now ask the citizens of Niagara County for the privilege to represent them for four more years as their Niagara County judge," Murphy said in his announcement.
Before he was elected district attorney for the first time in 1991, Murphy had been an assistant U.S. attorney for seven years and a defense attorney for five years. He said that resume offers "a criminal justice background that is unmatched by any other attorney in Niagara County."
He is the son of the late Matthew J. Murphy Jr., a longtime state assemblyman from Lockport, and the brother of John Murphy, radio voice of the Buffalo Bills.